I was inspired to write this list by watching Rick Dale of American Restoration on the History Channel.
I’m always impressed with how gorgeous the projects are once Rick and his guys have worked their ‘magic’ on them. At the start of an episode, the client brings in an object that looks abandoned, covered in rust and cobwebs. Sometimes it’s been sitting in a barn or a basement for decades. Rick looks it over and gives an honest, realistic estimate of the time and cost to restore it. Then client leaves and by the end of the show comes back to see the object in it’s ‘classic’ state. Since this is television, we only see a fraction of the time and work that actually goes into process.
Restoring an object takes time, effort and the proper steps. Just like restoring ourselves.
1st) You have to clear away all the old rusty crud that has built up over the years. There are many ways to do this, like scrubbing, sanding or scraping. One of the most important things to remember is not to damage anything during this process. The integrity of the piece shouldn’t be compromised or you risk the entire project (i.e. your life) being ruined. Clear away everything that is not functional or essential.
2nd) Now it’s time to fix whatever is broken or bent. Rick has many different types of tremendously skilled craftsmen on his staff who are experts in their field. Rick’s smart because he realizes professionalism saves everyone time and money. Getting skilled, professional help for yourself is also a sign of dedication and self-respect.
3rd) Next, reinforce the parts or places that have become weak over time. This is a good idea whether you’re restoring an object, your life or your business. Keeping in mind the future of his business, Rick is also training his son Tyler and Brettly to learn the skills of the trade. The skills these guys learn will ensure their success, as well as the success of the business. Build yourself up so that you’re strong enough to handle your future.
4th) Now that the project is back together, it’s time to make it pretty. Painting, powder-coating or varnishing an object not only makes it beautiful, it also gives it a protective layer. It’s equally important to beautify yourself. When you feel more beautiful (and protected), you’ll feel more confident and well cared for.
5th) All of that hard work and dedication to detail pays off when Rick pulls back the cloth to reveal the project. Sharing that beauty with the client isn’t just the “cherry on top”. It’s a way to respect the memory behind the object, as well as honoring the effort of all the hard work that went into restoring it. Revealing your true self to the world is a noble gesture that honors you and the other people around you.
If you’ve been feeling worn out lately and unsure of what to do next, try making a gesture of restoration.
- Clear away everything that is not functional or essential.
- Getting skilled, professional help for yourself is also a sign of dedication and self-respect.
- Build yourself up so that you’re strong enough to handle your future.
- When you feel more beautiful (and protected), you’ll feel more confident and well cared for.
- Revealing your true self to the world is a noble gesture that honors you and the other people around you.
Follow these simple steps and soon you’ll be back to your “classic”, essential self.
So, what are you working on, my friendly blog reader?
Thanks again to Rick Dale and everyone on his crew at American Restoration for the inspiration behind this post!!
p.s. Thanks to Google Images for all of the pictures in this post.